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Todd Chiles is an emeritus professor at the University of Missouri’s Trulaske College of Business and a research associate at the University of Missouri’s Center for the Study of Organizational Change. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Oregon in Business Administration, specializing in strategic management and organization theory. His teaching, which has spanned all levels from undergraduate to doctoral, has been recognized as an O’Brien Teaching Excellence Award finalist. His research interests are in entrepreneurship, organization and process theory, and their intersection. His work in these areas explores processes such as value creation and commercialization, industry emergence and evolution, and market order and upheaval. Much of this work employs complexity theory perspectives (e.g., Austrian economics, complex adaptive systems, dissipative structures, increasing returns), qualitative research methods (e.g., case study, ethnography), and heterodox worldviews (e.g., contextualism, radical humanism) to understand how processes of change unfold. His research has been funded by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and has appeared in leading scholarly journals such as Academy of Management Review, Organization Studies, Journal of Management Studies, and Organization Science. He has been a guest editor at Organization Studies and currently serves on a number of editorial boards, including the Journal of Business Venturing.


Contact Information

  • Position Title: Research Associate
  • Personal Title: Emeritus Faculty
  • Location: University of Missouri
  • E-mail address: chilest@missouri.edu